Frank C.: there is Photoshop for a reason, maybe someone should tell Leica?
I think there was at least one company which modified existing cameras by removing the Bayer-matrix from the sensor...The rate of success was low (many sensors broke in the process) and so the price was high...Why not buying a proper B&W camera "from the root..."?PS: I 'm a Mono fan and I'm waiting for my M Typ 246...!
kfahlman: I've had the M246 for a couple of weeks now, since its release.It's an amazing camera, I have an M240 as well, so the learning curve was non existent.The tonal range of the files are excellent, far better than conversion of the M files through Silver Efex.
This camera is worth every penny.If you can't afford one, to bad. But don't knock it until you've tried it.
I'm waiting for mine...!Perfect? No!I would love the 600 concept implemented:no back lcd (just iso dial)just rawmonochrome sensorThat would be perfect for me (well, perhaps a titanium version as option...)
Jim Evidon: iAPX,I have no problem focusing using my M9P. I learned that part of theproblem getting a sharp image on the Leica M's can be solved simply dipping back into the camera practices we had before image stabilization. I find that shooting at 1/125 sec or higher eliminates camera shake and the rangefinder focusing is really right on. At slower shutter speeds you need to be extra steady; shooting after exhaling. These are mostly ignored practices these days with auto focus, auto exposure options and image stbilization and to use the manual cameras properly, you have to re-learn old practices.
Just so you know I am not a fanatic, I also have Fuji X-Pro-1 & a OM-D.
As for the price, this camera is not everyone's priority. It is hand made and the tolerances and inspection criteria are super close. It's a labor intensive camera.One of my first cameras was a Leica IIIf. I was seduced by the SLR's coming on market at the time and a few years ago I bought a new/demo M8 and never looked back.
Yes, yes, yes...I agree 200%!Shooting with a Leica M is like eating your beloved grand-ma cooking: it's not the trendiest, it's no the fastest, it mght not have the recommended calories...but it is so gooood! And it also brings back so many wonderful memories...!
TriezeA72: The craftmanship is about the only thing going for this mono camera, the rest is 💩
Very right! I love everything about my M Typ 240 but I already gave up trying to photograph my beautiful but elusive cat ...only my monster Canon DX in burst mode and with flash is fast enough to (occasionally) get a correctly framed, exposed and focused shot!
Sirandar: I don't get it .... shoot raw and PP to black and white exactly as you desire ...
Will it really capture better images than a OMD or a FF? The lens still needs to handle colour properly. The sensor is simpler but will that simplicity really translate to better images?
The sensor will only "sense" luminance levels...The color is "added" afterwords, by interposition of a "coloured filter" (Bayer-matrix Fuji-matrix...whatever) and using software to "create/gess" colors!If you really like B&W, want the best quality and are prepared to invest the money, than go for it!PS: I'm waiting for my M Typ 246...!
dcolak: Dynamic range of only 12 stops? In 2015? WTF?!
I've never heard about 120 stops dynamic-range...!You may try:1-pocket reflector2-fill-in flash3-HDR4-shooting with the sun behindEnjoy!
There's no LCD on the back of the M246? Odd, the M240 has one, as does image 7 above.
AF is over-rated, except for sports.
Hi Guidenet: no intended "rage"! I just wanted to enphasize that most photographers (pros or amateur) who cared about their images, developed enough skills to get those levels of "perfection"Nowadays everything is "vulgar", and everybody seems to be an expert in everything! I don't have a LF, but I occasionally use my Exacta 66 with a Weston-Master light meter and get odd looks from "knowledgeable" people...! You seem to be a man passionate about your hobbie, don't despise other fellow amateurs because they use Leica or whatever brand!PS: I love using Leica rangefinders, I don't dress smartly, but I do have a Rolex Miligauss, a trusty workhorse, weights a ton and is far from a show-off watch! be well!
ThePhilips: ... The photographic fads get more ridiculous with every year.
It disgusting to see such comments...people should write wise things, not nonsenses...!"Failure to capture colours..." well, no sensor does that: only levels of luminance! If compared to cooking, Leica recipe would fresh and quality ingredients...all the others use sodium glutamate to "blossom" flavours that are not there...And yes, I'm waiting for my ordered M Typ 246!!!
By some gone-by era, we could tell the men from the boys by the skills in pre-focus + decisive moment... Now even someone blindfolded can take "picures": AF+AE+12shots/second+vague point in the direction of the noise...and a bit of post editing...perfect shots!Ok, perhaps that's business, but not Photography as a fine hobbie, passionate career...!
Lassoni: B&W only ? Not very practical
Hey, not practical?What's the point of having a camera that spoils my images converting them to color, in order that I spend a lot of time fixing them back to B&W...?I can't wait to receive my M Typ 246...!
Robert Wise: I like the simplicity of the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) which is simple to operate and reduces your choices and these days we have far too many choices. So many choices about everything in life that my poor brain is frazzled. No wonder that “some 19,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic depression. That's 1 out of every 15 people in America”. I am getting the Monochrom and 3 lenses (21mm, 35mm and 50mm) and enjoy my simple photography and then return home and relax listening to my vinyls!
At least a man with a proper name: Wise!His comments seem more than appropriate...!My photography is mostly a solitary activity, and when in crowded places I do not show off with my M 240 typ...I do not have to switch to manual exposure or focus, I do as I please, I focus where I want, I use my 35, 50 or 90 Leitz lenses (or an old tri-elmar), and yes, I still have a large collection of classic vinyls I received from my late father! Thank's for your comments Robert Wise! Hey, and I'll be receiving my new M Typ 246 by the end of this month!
falconeyes: The difference in base ISO between the Typ 246 (Monochrom) and Typ 240 allows an interesting estimate of how much light the Bayer filter blocks, on average for white light.
It is ISO 320 vs. ISO 200, or 0.678 or 2/3 stops.
Part of this is due to the fact that not all green, red, blue esp. is weighted equal by the human eye. I.e., one must discard some photons to emulate the human eye's color vision (as one must discard all photons outside the human's visibility spectrum). Which means it can't be avoided in a color sensor. This should be the reason for the 2/3 stop difference above which probably is the difference in sensitivity between a green and a white sensel.
But another part is due to the fact that e.g., only half the pixels in a Bayer sensor receive green.
Both effects combined mean that an optimized sensor design which discards as few photons as physically possible, may be about 1.5 stops better than Bayer sensors.
A DxO test of both cameras may give us precise numbers.
I don't care if mankind (or kind of man?) physics has moved past the understanding of a beautiful rainbow ...I just want to enjoy it and take a few shots...!
deano7000: I may be displaying my ignorance here, but... why? Monochrome? Completely baffles me.
I started with a battered Leica and always loved those cameras!I have my 240 in "B&W" but as shooting RAW (pardon: DNG) it appears again in colours...!I do like B&W and ordered a M Typ 246...!Theoretically, all sensors just see levels of luminance...color is added later artificially after the light passing through the Bayer matrix and interpolated by the software!!!Now, to have the perfect Leica for me, they only have to remove the back LCD and use only DNG (like in the 600 but without the price)!!!...and with straplugs of course!
I love my Fujis' (sensors and glass) ...and I DO LOVE my Zeiss 15mm in my Canon Dx...so I think I'll not resist buying a Zeiss for my X1-Pro...but still I wouldn't part with my new 100S (or the older 100) for nothing in this world!!!
I just can't wait...I just love my X1 Pro and the 3 lenses + X100...It is tecnically sound and so "photographic", it's not just a bunch of pixels, but real photo...my Canon 5 MkIII is getting rusty and mouldy...!
dengx: Somehow I don't think it is a good news.
I'm found of my Nik filter collection, but I doubt I'll may go on using them for a long time. All this smells like a "search and destroy" mission. I'll start looking elsewhere.Sorry NIK folks: you were the very best and you sold your souls to the devil...!
I don't own a M-9 B/W but I wouldn't mind...!